As a metropolitan district, Woodmen Hills is a quasi-municipal corporation and political subdivision of the State of Colorado under Colorado Revised Statutes Title 32. Metro districts are formed to provide residents with basic public services. Woodmen Hills is governed by a board of five directors, who must be residents of the district and elected by residents at large. Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District was formed in 1995.
The District office is located at 8046 Eastonville Road and is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
Five residents sit on Woodmen Hills’ Board of Directors:
Troy Stinson, Chairman
Sherry Ringen, Vice Chairman
Stacey Popovich, Treasurer
Neil Erickson, Secretary
Jonathan Martin, Director
The Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District Board of Directors meets on the fourth Thursday of every month. As the district’s elected government, the board is responsible for a variety of decisions that affect day-to-day life in the community. Its meetings are always open to the public and held in the evening in order to facilitate attendance. In its commitment to transparency and community engagement, the District has made available the minutes of every board meeting going back to 2013. Board meetings are governed by Rules of Conduct.
As of the May 30, 2018 board meeting, Woodmen Hills Metro District has begun recording and archiving all board meetings for the sake of transparency. Find links to those recordings below.
As the steward of public funds, Woodmen Hills Metro District is committed to a lean, efficient operation that maximizes the use of every district dollar. Every year, the Board of Directors passes a budget that allocates district monies to various departments and for specific purposes. These budgets rank among the board’s greatest responsibilities. They provide a quantitative representation of the district’s priorities and, by inference, its trajectory.
Since its creation, Woodmen Hills Metro District has benefited from wise financial stewardship. Most recently, in March 2016, the District was able to refinance existing debt from 8 percent to 2.75 percent. By reducing our debt service, Woodmen Hills is now able to undertake major improvements without special fee increases. In our commitment to transparency, coupled with a healthy pride in our financial successes, the District has published our financials and audits for the world to see.
Despite the large number and variety of district amenities, Woodmen Hills keeps its rates and fees highly competitive. Twenty years of wise financial stewardship allows the district to offer its residents much more for much less.
One of Woodmen Hills’ advantages is that we provide our own water and wastewater utilities. Not only do we retain control of our pricing, but we have extra incentive to keep costs as low as possible.
Another advantage is that Woodmen Hills provides not only our own residents but surrounding communities with water and wastewater utilities. The more taps we provide, the larger the number of people sharing costs; the larger the number of people sharing costs, the lower their rates.
Woodmen Hills also services commercial customers, both in-district and out-of-district, with water and wastewater.
Woodmen Hills residents pay four types of fees to the district: Water, Wastewater, Parks and Rec, and Streetlights. Unlike surrounding communities, Woodmen Hills levies no property tax.
Elections to the WHMD Board of Directors are held in May of even-numbered years. Terms of service are four years, and the district’s bylaws restrict directors to two terms. The board’s five directors are elected on a staggered system, so that three seats will be up for election in 2018, two seats in 2020, three seats in 2022, etc. The board is non-partisan. Any resident of the district who is registered to vote is permitted to run, and the district encourages and welcomes new candidates.Every resident registered to vote in Colorado receives a district ballot in the mail. As with other elections in Colorado, ballots are mailed to the mailing address of every Woodmen Hills voter. To register to vote, change your registration address, or change your mailing address, visit the Colorado Secretary of State here.
Woodmen Hills is committed to spotless transparency. We figure that the more information people have about our operations, the better the district looks. For that reason, we do everything in our power to facilitate the transmittal of data from the district to the public at large. We have tried to include everything you could possibly want on this website, but if we missed something, feel free to request it under the Colorado Open Records Act.